The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has issued updated advice cautioning British travelers to the United Arab Emirates about the heightened risk of terrorist attacks.
On October 29th, the travel guidance for the well-known Gulf location, which is a popular destination for approximately 1.5 million British visitors annually and includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi, was altered. It now includes a revised evaluation stating that there is a high probability of terrorist attacks occurring in the UAE.
The FCDO also warns that there is a possibility of random attacks in areas frequented by foreign visitors.
“Terrorist groups are still making statements that threaten to execute attacks in the Gulf region, specifically targeting Western interests. It is important to remain vigilant and take extra precautions when in public areas or attending events.”
The recent advisory does not include any mention of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has released information stating that in January 2022, there were reports of missiles and drones being launched from Yemen into the UAE, specifically targeting important buildings and infrastructure.
Most of the missiles and drones were successfully stopped and eliminated, but a few caused harm. On January 17, 2022, the government of the UAE confirmed that three civilians were killed in a Houthi attack on civilian buildings in Abu Dhabi.
On January 24th, 2022, the government of the UAE reported that their air defense forces successfully intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi group, which were aimed at the UAE. Fortunately, there were no injuries or deaths. On January 31st, 2022, the UAE government announced their air defense forces also intercepted and destroyed another ballistic missile targeting their country, with no reported casualties.
“Further attacks are likely. If an incident does occur, you should monitor local media reports and follow the advice of the local authorities.”
The FCDO emphasizes the need for travel insurance and ensuring that it offers adequate coverage. Additionally, visitors should regularly review entry requirements and restrictions, as they may change unexpectedly. There are currently no travel advisories for any areas in the UAE.